Emilia: 6 Weeks old

14 May

What a week! We celebrated my 30th birthday AND Mother’s Day as well as a number of other “firsts.” Like my first trip back to the gym, a dinner out with my friend Lauren, my first solo trip with Emilia to Target, and our first family trip to brunch.

My birthday was absolutely amazing. Brian put together this hilarious video of friends and family wishing me the best for my 30th, treated me to some beautiful flowers and tear-inducing cards, and even coordinated to have my favorite Italian sub delivered to the house during the day as a surprise. I was out for a walk with E at the time, but arrived home to find the entryway perfumed with the scent of Italian hots and delicious french fries.

My friend Lauren flew in from Cleveland on Friday, so we met up for the day and did an early dinner at Dali in Sommerville. Some highlights from the night, in addition to a delicious tapas dinner and pitcher of sangria include the hostess complimenting both of our necklaces and commenting how similar they are, then excitedly saying: You’re best friends, aren’t you?! I can totally tell! I dress like my best friend too! Hahaha. We quickly showed her that we were also wearing the same bracelet, too.

 Emilia was pretty fussy all day so I wasn’t as able to primp before our big “birthday night out” dinner date to Lineage, but I didn’t really mind since we managed to make it through all the traffic to Brookline just in time for $1 oysters. Definitely one of the highlights of my birthday — finally being able to enjoy some oysters for the first time post-pregnancy. At dinner, Brian gave me the rest of my gift, in addition to this, which was an assortment of clothes he’d picked out for me after I’d complained about how nothing fit me right anymore but I didn’t have any time to go out to shop for myself. He is the sweetest. I actually wore the pretty cream maxi dress he selected on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day was lovely. Brian did such a sweet job making it special for me starting with the sweet card he had Emilia “give” to me. His card had me in tears. He also personalized a sweet necklace for me with Emilia’s name and his initial, along with a little charm silhouette for a girl from a company called Merci Maman. I just love seeing her name every time I put it on!

We started the morning off with a delicious brunch in Newton at Farmstead table where everyone oohed and ahhed over Emilia and happily wished me a happy first Mother’s Day. That might have been my favorite thing about the day — how so many people asked if she was my first baby and then sweetly wished me a happy first Mother’s Day.

We walked around Newton center for a bit after brunch, then got ice cream at J.P Licks before heading home to cool off before my family met up with us to head into the Boston Public Garden. The tulips were out and the light was perfect. It was the perfect close to a wonderful first Mother’s Day!

Some of the things I want to remember about Emilia at 6 weeks old are:

– The  “super hero” pose she does when she wakes up. She arches her back and neck and extends one fist up above her head as one leg bends into a figure four, like she’s about to take flight. It’s hilarious! I also love how she keeps her eyes closed, all scrunched up, and raises her eyebrows which pulls the corners of her mouth down, so she looks like this little grump who was disturbed from slumber.

– Her “poop face!” Sorry, E. I don’t want to embarrass you here! I can always tell when she’s about to poop because she’ll pull off and stop eating and get really serious. Her eyes become really focused, but not on mine, and her little lips purse and her firsts curl. Then there’s usually some grunting.

– The snuggles on my chest. Lately, she’s been very into falling asleep hugging my chest as I sit on the couch. While she’s still drowsy, she’ll snuggle one cheek above my heart for a few seconds, then turn her face so the other cheek is on me, repeatedly, nuzzling me. It must be a self-soothing technique because before long she’ll settle and I’ll hear her snoozes and check her to see her eyes closed, her face relaxed so peacefully, and her mouth smooshed open against my chest. It’s a struggle to force myself to put her down because it is the cutest.

– Her smiles and coos. This is definitely the week of the more regular smiles! She regularly “chats” with her daddy when she’s on her changing pad and I’ve been chatting with her after feedings, when I switch sides. I tuck my feet into a cubby on the coffee table and prop her on my knees, facing me and sing scales. When I pause, she’ll coo to me, like she’s trying to imitate me. I melt every time I hear her little voice! But it’s also the expression in her eyes. She so wants to talk! It’s adorable. Yesterday I tried “meow-ing” and barking like a puppy and she loved it. She cooed SO MUCH with every meow. I might have sounded crazy, but there isn’t much I won’t try if it means I can hear her sweet little voice trying to communicate with me.

– That everyone says how gorgeous and beautiful you are — not just “cute” or “adorable.”  I can’t go anywhere without being stopped by someone who wants to know how old you are because they can’t believe how alert you are. Usually they guess you are 3 or 4 months old.

6 weeks old — May 7th, 2015

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